{5.5.2013} wanna sketch reminder

Getting ready for Mom

Unity Stamp company is helping you get ready for Mom.
This week’s STAMP of the WEEK is for Mother’s day.

Mother’s Day Daisies

Supah adorable and oh so sweet.
What mother doesn’t deserve some flowers?

I’m using this set with my Wanna Sketch.  I’m so excited for the ENTRIES already.
They are FABULOUS and it makes me so giddy to see what you all come up with.


I thought I’d share the evolution of this card and WHY sketches are so fabulous.  Plus, I don’t think of sketches as restricting, but as inspiring.  They get you started and then you let your creativity (or in my case, mistakes) guide you.
I actually started with the yellow patterned paper covering the entire card.  The daisies were on the white banner, but not trimmed out and I went to stamp my saying along side the banner and effed it up!  Crooked and bad.  Goodness gracious.  So I stared at it for awhile and a new plan evolved into what you see now.  I trimmed out the sides on the banner to help the flowers pop more.  Super cute right?  Please say yes.  Ha.  Then I trimmed the yellow paper and attempted a straight sentiment at the bottom.

A new Wanna Sketch will go up May 19th, so you have plenty of time to play with this one.
Link up below so I can stop by and see your beautiful project.




{4.21.2013} wanna sketch no. 4


I’m beginning a new journey.
A rebirth of sorts and a rediscovery of my craft.

I have been at this blogging thing for 4 years and so much has happened since my first post in March of 2009.  More than I ever imagined.  I have been blessed with AMAZING experiences, lessons, friends, accomplishments and a deep love for a craft I never knew existed.  As with anything, I have grown and evolved.  I have learned and still need/want to learn more.  I have also reached a point where I feel like I need to step back and return to the love that started this adventure.

I recently mentioned that my plate is full.  Well, it is… with normal life.  It is amazing how time flies and how it disappears so quickly.  I’m trying to grasp it with both hands and to cram everything I can into those fleeting moments.  Thus, my blogging has suffered a bit.  You might have noticed or not, but I feel it.  My mojo felt the crunch and let me know I needed to lighten my outside blogging responsibilities.  I am continuing on with Unity (and will forever or until Angela kicks me out) and with Paper Smooches Sparks (my term ends soon, but I’d stay forever if I could).  So now, I can return focus to my blog again.  I can focus more on creating for me and for the things that inspire me.  I’m hoping this will mean more videos and more tutorials.  I have a love for my Cameo and want to share more files with that.  These are just things I have been thinking about and we’ll see what the future brings.  But I am excited.  I feel like the ol’ blog has been ignored and that is not a good thing.

With all that said… I am pleased as punch to bring back Wanna Sketch?  What is this you might ask?  Well, forever ago, I said I wanted to share some sketches I like to create.  Well, life got in the way and I started creating sketches for my design teams instead.  Sadly, Wanna Sketch? got put on the back burner.  Well no more, it is back and I’ll post a new sketch every 3rd Sunday of the month.  It is all for fun.  There are no rules.  I may even combine my sketch with inspiration from another challenge.  I’ll share my card and sketch and you are welcome to link up yours.  I’ll stop by and leave a little love and then select my favorite (or two or three) to highlight in the next month.
Then it all begins again.

So are you ready to see this month’s sketch?


Such a great basic sketch.  I see so many possibilities with that little banner.  Patterned paper, stamping, different shapes, sentiments… the sky is the limit.  I can’t wait to see what you all do.  I decided to go with embossing.  I’m using the brand new Stamp of the Week from Unity.  The butterfly is just gorgeous.  I grabbed the sentiment the current Kit of the Month as well.

I was also inspired by the Runway Challenge this week.  All that black and white… just stunning.  I couldn’t help but add a little bit of color, but it is pretty muted with the ribbon.  I think this might be the first card I have used ribbon on this year.  How is that possible?  Well, we have remedied that with some soft pink, satin ribbon.  Whew, I feel better.

So, if you feel inspired to create with my sketch, please link up below.  I’d be thrilled if you shared the sketch and link back this post as well.  Like I said, there are no rules.  However you are inspired to use the sketch is just perfect.  I’ll post a favorite or two next month with a new sketch.

Click on the cute little frog to add your card.



{11.27.2011} wanna sketch? winner

I am so excited I had some fabulous ladies play along with my Wanna Sketch? challenge.

We had 3 super entries, but sadly only one can win.
Random.org picked…


Isn’t this the cutest card???  An owl with a mustache… brilliant!  Amy dearie, email me your addy please.  I’ve got an Itty Bitty for you.

Wanna Sketch? will be around again.  Hope you will play in the future.


{11.11.11} wanna sketch?

Friends with Flair

Hello my Friends with Flair Unity dearies.  Lots of fun stuff today.  Can’t wait to go through all the entries for today’s Friends with Flair.  Hope you will check them out too.
The ideas are always so fabulous.

A few things for today.  First, well, you already know.  This card was made for today’s FWF.  Second, this week’s challenge at the CREATE: blog was to incorporate wood.  Hmmmmm.  That is a super duper challenge for sure.

So, I decided to use a bloggie buddy for inspiration.  I sent her this card as a thank you for some goodies she sent me recently.  I was inspired by her style.  Who is this girl you ask???  Well, it is a secret until the card arrives at her door.  *wink*

I’m using one my fave fall sets… Give Thanks.  I thought long and hard about how to incorporate some sort of real wood into this card.  I remembered a fabulous card and story by my sweet friend.  She has a tendency to head to the backyard in search of grasses for her cards.  So, off I went searching for some sort of twig in the backyard.  We have a fairy duster bush back there and luckily it has some little buds left on it.  So sweet and perfect for the card.

The tag has been dry embossed with a wood grain as well.  For the sentiment, I cut the long quote in half and stacked it so it would fit on the little label.  Worked awesome!

And last…

I mentioned I’d post some sketches to go along with some cards time to time.
So… do you WANNA SKETCH?

If you WANNA play along, I’d love for you to link below.  I’ll leave the link up for two weeks {till midnight MST on 11.25.11}.  I even have this little Itty Bitty {Little Miss Sunshine} prize from my stash for someone.  I’ll pick a random winner from whomever links up on 11.27.11. BTW… I have no rules.  Just have fun.

Thanks for playing.
Link closes… 11.25.11 at midnight PST.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to head back to the Unity blog to visit the rest of the Friends with Flair.